House Passes Ryan Budget, With 10 Republicans Voting Against It
(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the budget authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on a 228-191 vote. No Democrats voted for the measure, and only 10 Republicans voted against.
The budget, which would cut $5.3 trillion in federal spending, was finally approved after the House rejected several alternatives, including President Obama’s budget blueprint, an alternative offered by some conservative House members, and the House Democrats’ budget plan.
Ryan’s budget would reform the tax code, cut domestic spending, change the Medicare program for seniors and turn the Medicaid program for the poor from an entitlement program to a block-grant program, resulting in significant cuts.
The 10 Republicans who voted against the measure were Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Todd Platts (R-Pa.), Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Rep. Edward Whitfield (R-Ky.), and Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.).
Some of the Republicans who voted against the Ryan budget instead supported an alternative budget that balanced the budget in five years. "America cannot afford to balance the budget decades from now; we have to do it as soon as possible," Rep. Huelskamp says on his website.
Rep. Barton also supported the alternative Republican Study Committee budget, saying, "The Ryan plan still won’t get us to a balanced budget for 26 years and that breaks the promise we made to voters to immediately cut spending."
Rep. Rehberg, on the other hand, objected to the Medicare provisions in Ryan's budget, saying he simply refuses to "gamble" with something so important to Montana senior citizens.
The Ryan budget is highly unlikely to get a vote in the Senate, where Democrats control the chamber and ignored Ryan’s budget last year.